Free Knitting Kitchener Stitch Written And Video Tutorial

This guide will explain step by step how to weave together pieces with the knitting kitchener stitch.

You will be able to easily weave together knitted sections invisibly for a nice and coherent completed project.

Keep reading to discover how!

 Free Knitting Kitchener Stitch Tutorial

 

The Knitting Kitchener Stitch

What Is The Knitting Kitchener Stitch?

There’s nothing more frustrating than stitching together completed pieces of a project only to have bumpy and misshapen lines from where you’ve stitched or sewn together those pieces.

And even worse, they can be very uncomfortable and rub the skin causing irritation. Most knitted projects take a few hours or more to complete and the finished product should reflect that time.

The kitchener stitch does seem complicated, but it is worth your while to learn how to use it.

The knitting kitchener stitch can be used for just about anything with live edges, but it is most commonly used for the toes of socks, to stitch together sections of various clothing items, such as sweaters.

It is best to avoid this stitch, however, for the shoulder seams as a stronger stitch is usually needed for this section.

 What Is Kitchener Stitch In Knitting

 

Instructions for the Knitting Kitchener Stitch

For the kitchener stitch, you will need a tapestry needle and a length of the same yarn you are working with for it to blend in seamlessly.

You will work typically with live stitches, which are the stitches that are still on your needles. Sometimes you may work with a live edge and a cast on edge.

In this technique, it helps to think of the tapestry needle as a knitting needle.

 

Kitchener Stitch Free Tutorial

 

Follow the steps below for the knitting kitchener stitch:

  1.  Thread your tapestry needle with your yarn. It is possible to use the tail of your working yarn, but it must be very long.
  2.  In your left hand, hold both needles with live stitches, with the points of the needles to the right.
  3.  Insert the tapestry needle into the FIRST stitch on the FRONT needle as if you are going to PURL.
  4.  Pull the yarn through the stitch and leave a tail. (You will weave this in later).
  5.  Leave that stitch in its place on the front needle.
  6.  Then you will insert your tapestry needle into the FIRST stitch on the BACK needle as if you are going to KNIT.
  7.  Pull the yarn through the stitch, leaving the stitch in its place on the back needle.
  8.  Steps 3 through 7 set you up for the remainder of the kitchener stitch.
  9.  Again, insert the tapestry needle into the FIRST stitch on the FRONT needle as if you are going to KNIT, pull the yarn through the stitch and remove the stitch from the FRONT needle.
  10.  Again, insert the tapestry needle into the new FIRST stitch on the BACK needle as if you are going to PURL, pull the yarn through the stitch and remove the stitch from the BACK needle.
  11.  Next, insert the tapestry needle into the new FIRST stitch on the BACK needle as if you are going to PURL, pull the yarn through the stitch and remove the stitch from the BACK needle.
  12.  Next, insert the tapestry needle into the FIRST stitch on the BACK needle as if you are going to KNIT, pull the yarn through the stitch and LEAVE the stitch on the BACK needle.
  13.  REPEAT steps 9 through 12 until you have work all the way across the row, until you have only ONE stitch left on each needle.

 

To Keep An Eye On

Check your tension as you go. The stitches should blend with the knitted stitches.
If you are working a PURL row, then simply REVERSE your stitches for it to blend with PURL stitches.

 

For a great video tutorial , watch below

 

How to Kitchener Stitch Socks WITHOUT Ears

So you’ve mastered the kitchener stitch, but your socks have little ears on the sides of the toes?
Here’s how to keep that from happening.
It’s quite simple really, just graft the first two stitches on the front needle as one, and then do the same with the back needle.

Continue as normal until you get to the last two stitches on both the front and back needles and again work those off as one single stitch.

There you go, kitchener stitch shaping!


 

How to BIND OFF with the Kitchener Stitch

To bind off: Insert your tapestry needle into the stitch on the FRONT needle, pull yarn through and remove stitch from the needle. THEN, insert your tapestry needle into the stitch on the BACK needle, pull yarn through and remove stitch from the needle.

 

Having difficulty Knitting Kitchener Stitch?

 
Here’s An Alternative To Kitchener Stitch

For this technique, you will need TWO large safety pins and THREE double-pointed knitting needles.

Step 1:

Transfer the sock toe stitches to the two large safety pins, close the pins.

Step 2:

Turn the socks wrong side out, CAREFULLY!

Step 3:

Transfer the stitches to two double-pointed knitting needles.

Step 4:

With the third double-pointed knitting needle, insert it into the first stitch on the front needle as if you are going to KNIT. Then into the first stitch on the BACK needle as if you are going to PURL.

Remove BOTH stitches off to the needle to the right. Continue until you’ve worked through all of the stitches.

Step 5:

Turn. Bind off as you normally would pulling each first stitch over the second.

 

A big thanks for the photos to:

Over The Rainbow Yarn

Purl Soho

 

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